Trillanes blasts solons for junking impeachment complaint against Duterte

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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday lambasted members of the House justice committee for junking the impeachment complaint filed by Magdalo Party-List Rep. Gary Alejano against President Rodrigo Duterte, telling that they are either scared of the current administration or believe that there is nothing wrong with the President is doing.

“Buong mundo na ‘yung nakakapuna bukod lang sa mga pagpatay ng libo-libo, pagnanakaw ng bilyon-bilyon at secret dealings with China. Mabibigat ito,” Trillanes told reporters in an interview.

“It’s either natatakot sila or talagang gusto nila or nakikinabang sila sa administrasyon or worse, naniniwala sila na tama yung pinaggagagawa ni Duterte,” he added.

Trillanes lamented how some congressmen who are also lawyers grilled and questioned Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano over his “personal knowledge” in allegations he made against the President.

“Baluktot yung pangangatwiran nitong mga nag-a-abogado kay Duterte,” Trillanes said.

“‘Yung pinagmamasdan ko nga si Fariñas eh, akala ko magaling na abogado ito, pero hindi niya naiintindihan yung testigo 'tsaka complainant. Iba yun, those are two different things,” he added.

During the hearing, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas grilled Alejano in the long interpellation on the points raised in the complaint, starting with the spate of alleged extrajudicial killings.

“You took it upon yourself to state under oath that you have personal knowledge on this, but now you’re saying hindi pala,” Fariñas said.

Fariñas pointed out that Alejano violated Paragraph 3 of the verification of complaint, where a complainant swears under oath that all his allegations are “true and correct” to his personal knowledge or via authenticated records: “Any complainant who should come before Congress must really stand to this oath,” he stressed.

So, the committee voted to junk the impeachment complaint filed against the President, saying it is "insufficient in substance."

Trillanes said they will resort to “other modes,” which Duterte’s allies cannot control “Mapapunta na lang tayo sa ibang modes kung papano lalabas ang katotohanan na ito. Sa mga ganung paraan, hindi na nila maco-control."



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